Is a complex movement disorder that manifests in the absence of an ‘organic’ neurological dysfunction. This can present as weakness, gait or balance disturbance, abnormal limb posturing, tremors/shaking or ‘myoclonus’. Essentially the neurological system remains intact but there is ‘misinterpretation’ of signals from the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system.
With a neurologically intact system this means that in essence there is good sensori-motor potential for recovery. This does not mean however that everybody with a diagnosis of FMD makes a recovery.
www.neurosymptoms.org is an extremely useful website in helping you to understand this condition in more depth.
Our Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist at Tees Neuro Physiotherapy has a special interest in the management of this condition and has worked with many people affected by the condition.
A Neuro Physiotherapist will devise a bespoke rehabilitation programme – we often recommend initially quite an intense period of input in order to maximise recovery potential. There are various strategies that can be helpful in the management of this condition-Hydrotherapy and sensory manipulation work/mirrors etc can be extremely useful therapy adjuncts.
The explanation of FMD is also essential in terms of recovery prognosis, there is frequently a misunderstanding amongst Healthcare Professionals that are not specialist in the area of Neurology. A poor explanation and delay in accessing therapies can be detrimental to longer term recovery.
*If you would like to speak with the team at Tees Neuro Physiotherapy about how our input may be helpful for the management of your/your relative’s condition then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss in more depth.
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Vicki from Tees Neurophysiotherapy has definitely been a big part of my rehabilitation. I’m now walking and even passed my driving test so I have some independence back.
Vicki is extremely talented at what she does. I always feel amazing when I’ve been to Physio, she knows exactly what I need to work on. I was told that I’d never be able to move from the neck down but with the support and knowledge from Tees Neuro Physiotherapy we have proved this to be wrong. I am always welcomed with a smile it’s a wonderful place to visit everyone there is amazing”
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I'm not sure how to put into words what Tees Neuro Physiotherapy have done for our family. My dad started the clinic 9 months ago, after having a life changing brain haemorrhage, it felt like everything had been taken away from us with the future unknown. Starting with the clinic gave us hope for a brighter future. After an amazing 9 months with the most dedicated health professionals I have ever met, Vicky, Rosie and Claire, now have my dad able to use majority function in his hand, he can walk, he now has his driving licence back, but most of all he has his life back and this is thanks to this amazing team.
"It is more than a job to these amazing people, they truly care passionately about their patients. On my dad's darkest days, they were there with support and encouragement that together, they could achieve the goals that were set out. My dad is still attending the clinic and the team have now formed part of our network and we will forever be grateful.
The facilities and the team are second to none and wouldn't look further if you have a family member or friend who requires neurological physiotherapy."